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The Moment: Big Star and Nick Skelton’s Retirement

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2017

There wasn’t a dry in the house as after more than four decades at the top of the sport, two-time Olympic gold medalist Nick Skelton and stallion Big Star retired in a joint ceremony in the Castle Arena.

Nick Skelton still holds the British showjumping high jump record set in 1978. He’s won the Hickstead Derby three years running and the World Cup final in 1995. He came back from a broken neck in 2000 to win his two Olympic medals, at the ages of 54 and 58, making him the oldest British Olympic gold medallist since 1908. With 16 championship medals — two Olympic golds, five World Championships, nine European medals and the junior European title in 1975, Skelton has a career record that commentator Nick Brooks-Ward summed up with the words, “You are the greatest showjumper the world has ever seen.”

Skelton’s last words before dismounting for the final time were, “I’d do it all again.”

Watch Nick’s tribute to Big Star below: